The Beef Barn in North Smithfield Rhode Island is what I like to think of as a living museum, and you can eat there! From the front of the restaurant you can see the strong barn theme they have going which continues on the inside. The place is about 40 years old and, personally, I really like that they haven’t updated anything (and I mean anything) decor-wise inside. It reminds me of the kind of places my parents would take me when I was little in the 70’s and 80’s. It makes it a nice novelty place to visit.

The tables have a repetitive print of early 1900 newspaper ads, and the walls are mostly dark wood. There’s a sit-down counter that surrounds the wait-station, grilling and slicing stations.

The Beef Barn CounterInside the Beef Barn

There’s one room called The Chicken Coop that’s dark and features taxidermied chickens and a calf, which yes, should be a turn off but I don’t mind.

The Chicken Coop at The Beef BarnThe Beef Barn CalfThe Chicken Coop at The Beef Barn

Another room called The Silo is where we usually bring our nephews because they like the creepy dolls looking down from a viewing window in the ceiling.

The Silo - The Beef Barn
Again, this should be disturbing but I don’t mind.

Last time I went was with my mom, sister and nephews. My mom got their specialty, the roast beef which they roast and slice there. It doesn’t look like much but it’s on a nicely grilled bun and there’s a tangy BBQ-like sauce you can add.

Roast Beef Sandwich
My sister got the pastrami which she liked a lot because it’s lean and, again, with the toasted bun and mustard didn’t need anything else to complete the sandwich.
Pastrami Sandwich

The boys got cheeseburgers and shared fries.
Cheeseburger and Fries

I decided to try the lobster roll which had just enough mayo, on a buttered and toasted bun with salad and fries.
Lobster Roll

Another fun thing about this place is that the prices are very retro as well. Besides the $11 lobster roll, the most expensive thing on the menu is $4.20. And would you like salad and fries with your sandwich? That’s a whole $1.70 more! I really like their milkshakes too which are $1.50, or $1.75 for a large. We shared a chocolate shake this time, but their coffee shake is great too.


Really, I just love everything about this place. The food is straightforward and while it’s not mind-blowingly incredible, it is solid, consistent and satisfying. If you’re looking for a no-frills, but fun and retro place to check out, I highly recommend the Beef Barn.